Wednesday 24 July 2019

Michy Batshuayi completes loan move to Crystal Palace after late scramble to beat the transfer deadline

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan (John Walton/PA)
Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan (John Walton/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Michy Batshuayi has completed a loan move from Chelsea to Crystal Palace, with the deal finally confirmed more than an hour after the January transfer window had closed.

On an uneventful day for the top Premier League clubs, Chelsea finally succeeded in finding a new club for Batshuayi after a day of rumour and counter rumour surrounding the Belgium striker.

With Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri making it clear he does not see a future for Batshuayi at Stamford Bridge and Valencia terminating a season-long loan deal that was signed last summer, Everton and Real Betis agreed loan deals for the striker.

Tottenham were then linked with a move for Batshuayi, although Chelsea were not keen to loan out the player to one of their direct rivals for a top four finish in the Premier League.

With Batshuayi believed to be unwilling to complete moves to Everton or Betis and keen to remain in London, a deal with Palace was struck late on deadline day, even though the striker was still in Spain.

With the paperwork for his move lodged ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline, Palace and Chelsea faced a wait to see if they have got all the details of the move in place to allow Batshuayi to move to Selhurst Park.

"This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace," declared Palace chairman Steve Parrish. "Michy is a player we've long admired, and I'm delighted that we've finally managed to get him in a red and blue shirt. He will be a magnificent addition to our squad."

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